Special Issue "The Microbiome: Its Role and Therapeutic Potential in Child Psychology and Psychiatry"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Developmental Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Kate Lawrence

Department of Psychology and Pedagogical Science, Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, TW1 4SX London, UK
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Interests: Neurodevelopemental Disorders; Microbiome; Nutrition; Diet; Mental Health; ADHD; Autism.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The human microbiome is the genetic information contained within the diverse collection of microorganisms that live within, and on, our bodies. Our gastrointestinal tract alone contains trillions of bacteria, fungi, bacteriophage, protozoa and viruses. Unlike our human genes, the genes within our microbiome can alter according to influences such as diet, stress, medication and environment.

Over recent years, animal studies have begun to reveal the immense significance of microbiome manipulations on behaviour. We are now seeing studies emerge exploring these issues in humans, but much more research is needed in this area, particularly in paediatric populations.

This Special Issue of Brain Sciences focuses on, but is not limited to, reviews and original studies addressing the importance of the microbiome in children’s mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. Of special interest is research exploring the therapeutic benefits of microbiome manipulations for child psychology and psychiatry. We are seeking contributions from researchers using a range of diverse methodologies to explore these issues in human infants, children and adolescents. Research applying the findings of animal studies to child psychology and psychiatry will also be considered. Studies using dietary or probiotic interventions are particularly welcomed.

Dr. Kate Lawrence
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microbiome
  • neurodevelopmental disorders
  • mental health
  • probiotics
  • diet
  • nutrition
  • ADHD
  • autism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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